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Lawyer petitions IGP, seeks justice for three-year-old rape victim
Wilson Iorshe, a lawyer at Noble Crest law firm, has written to Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police, to issue a directive for a comprehensive investigation into alleged rape of a three year-old girl by one Austin Idoko on November 9, 2017.
Noble Crest are solicitors to Wanda Adu Foundation, a non-governmental organization fighting for the vulnerable, marginalized and abused young women and girls, that first blew the lid on the rape incident.
Idoko (third from right, spotting black cap), a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, was caught naked by neighbours and parents of the little girl at a nearby riverside where he allegedly had canal knowledge of her. The incident happened on November 9, 2017 at about 9pm.
According to a copy of the petition dated February 2, 2018, obtained exclusively by the ICIR, the lawyer urged the IG to give order that the matter be opened and investigated, noting that ‘the suspect should be prosecuted where a prima facie case is made’ in the overriding interest of justice.
The petition is titled, “Petition Against Austin Idoko for Indecent Assault and Rape of a 3-year-old gril.”
ICIR reported the news of the rape and how the police, after arresting the suspect, granted him bail without consulting parents of the victim.
But the lawyer lamented that the suspect, despite all evidences against him, including medical reports and his own confessional statement, had not been brought to justice.
“As we write this complaint, and in the face of all these evidence and the confessional statement reportedly made by Austin Idoko, even to the police, we regrettably inform you that the said offender has been released by the police and has not been prosecuted but has been roaming about the streets a free man while reportedly bragging that there is nothing the victim’s parent can do to him,” the lawyer said in the petition.
“Consequent upon the foregoing facts and the overwhelming evidence and public outcry, and considering the poise of the Nigeria Police and the present administration to reduce crime to its barest, we humbly request for a strong directive of the IGP that the said matter be opened and investigated and where a prima facie case is made, then the suspect to be prosecuted in the overriding interest of justice.”
Iorshe added that he, his team, victim and her parents were willing to furnish the police with further information if and when required.